CZ (Ceska Zbrojovka) 75 B (VIDEO)

Description

The CZ 75 B is a semi-automatic large-frame pistol chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W. The 75 B is produced by CZ-USA, a Kansas City based subsidiary of the Czech arms manufacturer Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod. It is also the second-generation CZ 75. CZ originally developed the pistol in 1975 in the Czech Republic for the Czech armed forces, but also with the intention of exporting it globally. The company, however, was unable to do so because the Czech Republic was part of the Warsaw Pact and the design was listed as “secret” by the USSR, therefore the company was unable to secure global patent protection for its design. Because of that, a plethora of copies and variants have been offered by other global arms companies.

CZ used Browning‘s Hi-Power pistol design as a jumping off point for the CZ 75’s design. Similar to the Hi-Power, the CZ 75 has a locked-breech system, where backwards force is absorbed by the slide rather than the frame. It is also designed to deliver short-recoil, so the barrel and slide are locked together until the slide rides back.

The CZ 75 B features an all-steel construction and plastic grips. It has a cold hammer forged barrel, meaning a mandrel carefully passed through the bore to carve the rifled grooves; this process increases durability and precision. The 75 B is equipped with 3-dot sights and it is available with a high-polish, matte, or stainless steel finish.

The CZ 75 is used by the Czech Republic’s Armed Forces and police, the Lithuanian military, the Slovakian military, the Turkish military, and some US military special forces and police units. It is also a popular sport and competition shooting.

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Specifications

9mm
Caliber:9mm
Grip:Plastic
Capacity:
16
Sights:Fixed 3-dot sights
Features:Cold hammer forged barrel; and locked-breech barrel
Glossy blued finish is discontinued
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Steel/black polycoat
Steel/dual-tone
Steel/glossy blue
Steel/satin nickel
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.cz-usa.co…
Weight:2.2 pounds
Barrel Length:4.7"
Length:8.1"
Height:5.4"
.40 S&W
Caliber:.40 S&W
Grip:Plastic
Capacity:10
Sights:Fixed 3-dot sights
Features:Cold hammer forged barrel; and locked-breech barrel
Glossy blued finish is discontinued
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Steel/black polycoat
Steel/dual-tone
Steel/glossy blue
Steel/satin nickel
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.cz-usa.co…
Weight:2.2 pounds
Barrel Length:4.7"
Length:8.1"
Height:5.4"
MSRP$546.00

Editor Review

Looking for heavy, but not too heavy

Those of you who read my reviews know that I’m a big fan of all-steel handguns. I have nothing bad to say about polymer-framed ones, other than I just don’t like them much. Then again, I don’t conceal carry on a regular basis. If I did, I’m sure I would be purchasing one but until then, real guns are steel and plastic belongs on toys.

My wife and I hit the local gun shop in hopes of finding just such a 9mm pistol. I didn’t want the thing to be big and bulky, but I didn’t want it having lightweight, ounce-saving components, either. I wanted a 9mm that felt like a gun.

I scanned the glass gun case but wasn’t seeing anything I really liked. The guy behind the counter handed me several really decent polymer-framed nines, but they just weren’t for me. When it comes to guns, if I’m going to spend the money I’m going to get exactly what I want.

I asked the guy if he had anything heavier and maybe metal. He smiled like he’d just cracked a secret code and told me to wait while he visited another glass case and unlocked it. When he came back I understood the smile; I had, in my hands, the coolest 9mm pistol I had ever held. That pistol was none other than the CZ 75 B.


The CZ 75 B

The pistol was slim and sleek looking without being pretty. It was a black-on-black gun that felt much like my preferred 1911. The CZ had weight to it and the shape fit my medium-sized hands like a glove. The short and skinny is -- I was in love at first sight. Thirty minutes later we had the paperwork done and I owned the 9mm.

Built for Comfort and Function

One aspect I really like about the gun is that it can be used in single or double-action mode. That, in my opinion, makes it a really good choice for home defense because you can just pick it up and fire. The trigger is, of course, heavier when used in double-action mode, but it’s still well within the realm of comfortable. The accuracy naturally degrades a little with the heavy trigger pull, but I got used to it.

The pistol also breaks down fairly easily and with no tools. It doesn’t even have a barrel bushing to futz with like on the popular 1911 model handgun. The slide simply needs to travel back about a quarter-inch so that the slide lock will pop out and the gun comes apart. It makes for quick and easy cleaning or inspection in the field.

As I mentioned, I really liked the fit and feel of the gun in my hand. It is slender enough to conceal carry if you should wish to do so, but rugged enough to be very reliable. My hands just seem to naturally conform to the grip on the CZ 75 B. The trigger and guard are well placed and designed, and the balance of the gun is perfect. While it is a heavier, all-steel pistol, it definitely doesn’t feel cumbersome or bulky.

When I got the gun to the range I found that it shot as well as it looked. I’m no competition shooter and so my spreads are always a little bigger than the guys who shoot for a living, but the CZ does very well. It isn’t quite as smooth as my Kimber, of course, but it was about half the price, too.

We tried several types of targets throughout a two-hour period, and I decided to film the very last round of ten slugs. The first eight were tight and nice and then the fact that my hand was getting tired began to show. The recoil on the nine is comparable to my 1911, which actually surprised me. It doesn’t kick like a mule, no, but it has more than I was expecting, that’s for sure.


The sights on the CZ are clear and aesthetically pleasing. The magazine holds ten bullets and the slide locks back when the last one is fired. The plastic grips are surprisingly effective. I had purchased some rubber, wrap-around grips for it but found they were way too bulky for my hands. The factory jobs do just fine. I feel there is a tad too much play in the trigger and found through research that many others feel the same way. It’s very common for the CZ 75 B to have trigger work done to tighten and crisp it up.

Final Thoughts


All in all it’s a very fun little gun to shoot and I am really glad I got my hands on one. It’s constructed well, it’s accurate and it handles any ammo I throw at it. This past trip to the range I was using CCI Blazers, which are aluminum instead of brass. I would fully recommend this model to those of you who want a 9mm handgun with some weight to it that fires accurately and smoothly.